Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

 Has Been Told They Have Asthma§ – 2013 BRFSS, 21 States

The following tables show the percent of survey respondents who have been told they have asthma, by industry and by occupation. We produced these tables using the 2013 BRFSS Industry and Occupation Module data, a non-public dataset. To collect important demographic information for employed adults, the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) sponsored the BRFSS industry and occupation (I&O) optional module for years 2013–2017. We analyzed the survey responses in SAS 9.3 using the SURVEYFREQ procedure.

Industry (2-Digit NAICS Code) Unweighted Frequency Prevalence (%) Lower Confidence Limit Upper Confidence Limit Coefficient of Variation
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (11) 254 8.4 4.6 12.3 0.23
Mining, Oil & Gas (21) 149 11.4 7.8 15.0 0.16
Utilities (22) 108 10.3 4.7 15.9 0.28
Transportation & Warehouse (48-49) 356 12.4 9.7 15.1 0.11
Construction (23) 469 8.7 7.2 10.2 0.09
Manufacturing (31-33) 835 11.0 9.6 12.4 0.06
Wholesale Trade (42) 120 10.3 7.0 13.7 0.17
Retail Trade (44-45) 1070 15.0 13.2 16.8 0.06
Health Care & Social Assistance (62) 2138 15.0 13.6 16.3 0.05
Information (51) 260 13.4 10.5 16.3 0.11
Finance & Insurance (52) 489 13.8 11.2 16.3 0.09
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (53) 204 12.1 8.7 15.5 0.14
Professional, Scientific, Technical Services (54) 688 12.2 10.4 14.0 0.08
Management of Companies & Enterprises (55) 18 *14.7 2.5 26.9 0.42
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation Services (56) 269 11.9 9.2 14.7 0.12
Education (61) 1445 14.8 13.2 16.4 0.06
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (71) 205 14.3 9.7 18.8 0.16
Accommodation & Food Services (72) 520 13.2 11.1 15.2 0.08
Other Services (except Public Administration)
(81)
560 11.4 9.6 13.2 0.08
Public Administration (92) 833 11.6 9.9 13.3 0.08
All Industries 10990 12.7 12.2 13.2 0.02

*Estimates preceded by an asterisk have a coefficient of variation >30% and ≤50% and should be used with caution as they do not meet NCHS standards of precision.

Abbreviations:
NAICS = North American Industry Classification System
NCHS = National Center for Health Statistics

Occupation (2-Digit SOC Code) Unweighted Frequency Prevalence (%) Lower Confidence
Limit
Upper Confidence
Limit
Coefficient
of Variation
Management (11) 1015 12.1 10.5 13.7 0.07
Business & Financial Operations (13) 447 11.2 9.3 13.2 0.09
Computer & Mathematical (15) 316 10.7 8.3 13.2 0.11
Architecture & Engineering (17) 254 9.0 6.7 11.2 0.13
Life, Physical & Social Science (19) 205 13.6 10.2 17.1 0.13
Community & Social Services (21) 330 19.2 14.1 24.3 0.14
Legal (23) 165 14.3 10.4 18.2 0.14
Education, Training & Library (25) 1002 14.5 12.7 16.3 0.06
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, &
Media (27)
285 16.7 13.1 20.4 0.11
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical (29) 973 12.9 11.3 14.4 0.06
Healthcare Support (31) 322 16.3 13.1 19.5 0.10
Protective Services (33) 201 11.8 8.1 15.5 0.16
Food Preparation & Serving (35) 397 13.9 11.3 16.5 0.10
Building & Grounds Cleaning &
Maintenance (37)
333 11.1 8.8 13.3 0.10
Personal Care & Service (39) 436 16.5 13.2 19.8 0.10
Sales & Related (41) 1023 14.4 12.6 16.1 0.06
Office & Administrative Support (43) 1343 14.6 12.9 16.2 0.06
Farming, Fishing & Forestry (45) 63 *9.6 2.2 17.0 0.39
Construction & Extraction (47) 387 8.1 6.5 9.6 0.10
Installation, Maintenance & Repair (49) 255 9.4 7.0 11.8 0.13
Production (51) 413 10.1 8.1 12.2 0.10
Transportation & Material Moving (53) 411 12.6 10.0 15.1 0.10
All Occupations 10576 12.8 12.3 13.3 0.02

*Estimates preceded by an asterisk have a coefficient of variation >30% and <50% and should be used with caution as they do not meet NCHS standards of precision.

Abbreviations:
SOC = Standard Occupational Classification
NCHS = National Center for Health Statistics

§Respondents answered “Yes” to “Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional ever told you that you had asthma?”

Page last reviewed: October 18, 2017